Life in Stone: A Natural History of British Columbia's Fossils

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Rolf Ludvigsen
UBC Press, 1996 - Science - 310 pages
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Life in Stone is the first book to focus on British Columbia's fossils. Each of its chapters is written by a specialist for a general audience, and each is devoted to a separate fossil group that is particularly well represented in the province.
British Columbia is a vast storehouse of fossils, many of which date back a billion years. Thousands of exposures of sedimentary rocks throughout the province contain fossil shells, scales, bones teeth, and leaves. Some of the fossils are large and striking, among them the bones of mammals and reptiles, entire ammonoids, and complete fishes and fern fronds. But even a small fossil such as a common shell, a plant fragment, or a bit of bone becomes a unique icon once its nature and age are made clear.
Richly illustrated with photographs and drawings, Life in Stone will provide fascinating reading for anyone interested in learning more about the animals and plants that inhabited British Columbia during prehistoric times.
 

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Contents

Windows into Ancient Worlds
14
The Origin and Evolution of Canadas Western Mountains
25
Most Ancient Mariners
45
The Trilobite Beds of Mount Stephen Yoho National Park
59
A Spectacular Cambrian Bestiary
69
The Microscopic World of Conodonts
78
Mesozoic Radiolarians of Haida Gwaii
93
Trawling off Pangaea
104
On the Trail of Cretaceous Dinosaurs
143
Cretaceous Reptiles of Vancouver Island
156
Plant Life during the Great Cretaceous Transformation
187
Paleogene Mammals on Land and at Sea
202
Insects near Eocene Lakes of the Interior
225
Eocene Conifers of the Interior
248
Late Pleistocene Salmon of Kamloops Lake
274
The Cordillera through the Mists of Time
293

Triassic Life at Sea
116
Itinerants of the Jurassic
128

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About the author (1996)

Rolf Ludvigsen lives on Denman Island, British Columbia, where he runs the Denman Institute for Research on Trilobites. He is an adjunct professor in the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of Victoria and the Chair of the British Columbia Paleontological Alliance.

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